FLY FISHING LESSONS

Todd McCoullough

 

The Little Lehigh Fly Shop conducted hundreds of private fly-fishing lessons. I'm continuing them during my retirement.
 
The course consists of five parts. The length of each part is geared to the students pace. There is no hurry,

 

The preferred class size of two maximizes personal attention while providing the opportunity to practice using the coach and pupil method. Practice is essential,

 

The course includes extensive discussion on tackle. Don’t spend money on tackle before you know if you like the sport, tackle is provided.

 

Sessions can be done at your location, on stream, via Zoom or a combination of the three.

 

Casting practice is done on the lawn allowing the student to perfect each component of the cast before proceeding to the next. When all components are perfected practice of the cast will begin and we will move to the water.

 

This is a fly-fishing course geared to the serious angler. The casting component is important but only part of the class.

 

A workbook is provided.

 

Classes are supported by donations. Travel expense not included.

 

Sign up for the first session, before you invest time or resources. See if you like it


 
SESSION ONE
 
WILD VS STOCKED TROUT
 
FEEDING
 
FOOD ORGANISMS
Mayflies
Caddisflies
Diptera
Stoneflies
Terrestrials 
Craneflies
Scuds
Difference between fly patterns & naturals
 
TROUTS WINDOW
 
TROUT LIES
Sheltering        Feeding        Prime
 
FISHING/CASTING DEMONSTRATION
Presentation/Pickup        Drag        Exercise
 
TACKLE
Lines-Floating, Double Taper, Weight Forward
Rods-Action
Reels
Leaders  (Butt, Transition, Tippet )
Knots (Double Surgeons, Surgeons, Clinch)
 

SESSION 2
 
CASTING
Back Cast
Foward Cast
 
FIGHTING FISH
Striking with the rod tip
Strip Strike
Slip Strike
Striking to the side
Striking with the rod butt
Taking the fight to the fish
 
RELEASING FISH
Barbless Hooks
 
SELECTIVE FEEDING
 
RISEFORMS
Dimpling Rise        Simple Rise        Compound Rise        Complex Rise
 
DRY FLY FISHING
Leaders for maximum drift.
 
PERFECTION LOOP
 
LINE MANIPULATION
 

SESSION 3
 
CASTING
The Basic Cast
  
OPPORTUNISTIC FEEDING
 
BOTTOM FISHING
The fly is 10%-tactics 90%.
Weight
Indicators
Leaders for nymph fishing
 
BLOOD KNOT
 
ROLL CAST
 
WADING GEAR
 

SESSION 4
(You need a Pennsylvania Fishing License and Trout Stamp for this session!)


CASTING
Shooting Line


FISHING
On stream dry fly instruction
 

SESSION 5
(You need a Pennsylvania Fishing License and Trout Stamp for this session!)


KNOTS
Nailess Nail Knot


FISHING
On stream bottom fishing